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13 Best Celebrity Books Clubs to Join in 2021 with Literati

If you love the trend of celebrity book clubs online, you will definitely want to learn more about the thirteen most unique celebrity book clubs to join right now via the Literati book subscription box, by which you can actually interact with your renowned book club host.

(This post was sponsored by Literati; however, all opinions expressed here are my own.)

You may have heard about the celebrity book clubs of famous people like Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Roberts, and Emma Watson (Our Shared Shelf). This is different.

About Literati's Celebrity Book Clubs

Literati is a service for “book clubs, reimagined.”

Literati is a monthly book club subscription box in which new books are chosen by an array of famous and/or renowned hosts, called “Luminaries.” (We'll get to who they are soon!)

Literati is reasonably priced at under $30 a month for one hardcover book per month plus digital access to the Literati app (available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and your desktop browser).

Each month as a Literati book club member, you will choose a famous Luminary as your host, then you will receive a hardcover copy of that Luminary's book club selection in the mail to read. As you read, you can also follow along with chats and digital events on the Literati app with your Luminary, and also often the author. It's like book club central!

Literati is unique from other celebrity book clubs in that it gives you direct digital access to both your famous Luminaries and the authors of the books selected.

If you are tired of feeling like your comments get lost in the shuffle of public celebrity book clubs on Instagram, these specific celebrity book clubs described in this post may be ideal for you.

Of note, you can switch your Luminary each month or keep the same Luminary, and the Literati app gives you digital access to ALL of their book club chats and events, both current and prior, in case you happen to read another book that has been picked by a Luminary.

(For more information about how Literati works, read my full review of Literati.)

Last month, I chose to be a member of bestselling author Cheryl Strayed's book club, but this month I switched to bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's book club, as I had heard great things about her pick, The Plot.

I read (and loved) The Plot really quickly, then played around with chatting about it in a few sections on the Literati app. You can see a screenshot of one of my chats on the Literati app below (with the identity of the responder edited out for privacy):

Literati App

For more about the Literati app, check out my post on Literati's virtual book clubs.

I'm looking forward to interacting more over the course of the month, especially since this particular book had a really unique "plot." (Pun intended!)

Now, let's talk about who all of the hosts, or "Luminaries," of these celebrity book clubs are!

13 Unique Celebrity Books Clubs to Join with Literati

As mentioned above, the Literati book subscription box has 13 book clubs for adults, hosted by “Luminaries,” which are a variety of industry leaders, artists, athletes, authors, and activists. The Luminaries are:

  1. Stephen Curry;
  2. Cheryl Strayed;
  3. Malala Yousafzai;
  4. Austin Kleon;
  5. Richard Branson;
  6. Kelly McGonigal;
  7. Elin Hilderbrand;
  8. Susan Orlean;
  9. Roxanne Gay;
  10. Joseph Campbell;
  11. Megan Rapinoe;
  12. Jesmyn Ward; and
  13. Atlas Obscura.

Each of these Luminaries and their book club themes and prior picks are discussed below.

1. Stephen Curry

Underrated book club on Literati: NBA athlete Stephen Curry shares his passion for books about social justice and defying the odds as he did. Despite being an undersized high school basketball player, Curry became a two-time MVP and three-time champion in the NBA.

He highlights books with diverse protagonists and overlooked voices, in order to provide a fresh perspective. Many of his picks are inspirational true stories involving fierce women and the Black experience.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Stephen Curry's Underrated book club on Literati:

  • The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
  • Greyboy by Cole Brown
  • Haben by Haben Girma

2. Cheryl Strayed

Wild Reads book club on Literati : Bestselling author and adventurer Cheryl Strayed features personal, vulnerable journeys similar to hers. She wrote the former Oprah's Book Club pick Wild (which also became a popular movie), Tiny Beautiful Things (one of my favorite books), Torch, and Brave Enough, as well as the popular “Dear Sugar” column.

She focuses on books that are as beautifully-written as her own and shares stories that show courageousness and vulnerability. Many of her picks involve adventurous memoirs and fiction with a whole lot of heart.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Cheryl Strayed's Wild Reads book club on Literati:

  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
  • The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

3. Malala Yousafzai

Fearless book club on Literati: The Nobel Prize Laureate and education and human rights activist Malala Yousafzi, who survived being shot by the Taliban and wrote the acclaimed I Am Malala (which I loved!), focuses on books about bold and courageous women like herself.

She highlights books that are emotional, educational, and hopeful, with characters as endearing as she was in relaying her own life story. Many of her picks include culturally important fiction and impactful coming-of-age stories.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Malala Yousafzai's Fearless book club on Literati:

  • Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke
  • Stolen Girls by Wolfgang Bauer
  • Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

4. Austin Kleon

Read Like an Artist book club on Literati: Get creative reads with the writer and inspiration alchemist Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who is the bestselling author of Steal Like an ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going.

He focuses on books that will inspire you to both reflect and create. Many of his picks incorporate humor, mentorship, and innovation.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Austin Kleon's Read Like an Artist book club on Literati:

  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin

5. Richard Branson

Reading with Richard book club on LiteratiRead adventurous and ambitious books with the renowned Virgin Group founder, philalthropist, and investor, Richard Branson.

He highlights books that share challenges and lessons from leaders and risk-takers like himself. Many of his picks are historical or business-related.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Richard Branson's Reading with Richard book club on Literati:

  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (one of my favorite books)
  • Originals by Adam Grant (another one of my favorite books)

6. Kelly McGonigal

The Joy Collective book club on Literati: The health psychologist, joy promoter, and bestselling author of The Willpower InstinctThe Upside of Stress, and The Joy of Movement, Kelly McGonigal, offers happy books about resilience, happiness, and compassion.

She focuses on books that dig deep into the science of our brains in order to foster joy in your everyday life through compassion, resilience, and hope. Many of her picks are psychological and/or scientific, but also inspire courageousness and wonder.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Kelly McGonigal's The Joy Collective book club on Literati:

  • The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (also a Good Morning America book club pick)
  • Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

7. Elin Hilderbrand

The Beach & Beyond book club on LiteratiThe queen of the uber-bestselling beach reads (too many to list, but I personally love Summer of '69, 28 Summers, and The Perfect Couple!), Elin Hilderbrand, shares intelligent fiction for people who like escapist, but also well-written modern stories. (I am a HUGE fan of her books!)

She highlights books that are both smart and sharp -- the type of book that you would recommend to a friend. Many of her picks involve family drama and romance.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Elin Hilderbrand's The Beach & Beyond book club on Literati:

  • It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark
  • The Divines by Ellie Eaton
  • There’s a Word for That by Sloane Tanen

8. Susan Orlean

Private Collection book club on LiteratiSusan Orlean is a renowned writer (featured in The New YorkerVogueRolling Stone), author of Reese's book club pick The Libray Book, and Twitter fanatic. She shares literary stories for people who just love to read.

She highlights books from her own personal library that are extraordinarily written, whether fiction or non fiction. May of her picks offer complexity and lyrical prose.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Susan Orleans' Private Collection book club on Literati:

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles (a book I really enjoyed!)
  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

9. Roxane Gay

Audacious Book Club book club on LiteratiRead challenging and entertaining books with the cultural critic, author, professor, and New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay.

She focuses on books with fearless, diverse perspectives and jaw-dropping honesty. Authentic and necessary perspectives from writers who fearlessly share their stories. Many of her picks are memoirs and/or poetic, provocative, and feminist.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Roxane Gay's Audacious book club on Literati:

  • The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade
  • Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (also a Good Morning America book club pick)
  • Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

10. Joseph Campbell Foundation

Myth and Meaning book club on Literati: Tales that are both familiar and peculiar are curated by the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Joseph Campbell was a literature professor at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. He is best known for the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and he often repeated phrase: "Follow your bliss." Notably,  George Lucas credited him as influencing Star Wars.

The Foundation shares books that dive deep into timeless philosophical questions about the human experience, from the ancient past to the hypothetical future, for those who like to think and dream. Many of their picks are mythological, epic, and spiritual.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Joseph Campbell's Myth and Meaning book club on Literati:

  • Mythic Imagination by Joseph Campbell
  • The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

11. Megan Rapinoe

The Call In book club on LiteratiRead about the hard questions and a better future with the championship-winning, professional soccer star activist for LGBTQ+ and women's rights, Megan Rapinoe.

She focuses on stories that move our communities forward and make cultural shifts. They force readers to open their minds beyond their perspective and be inspired to action. Many of her picks involve true stories about women that have heavy topics.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Megan Rapinoe's The Call In book club on Literati:

  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • Unbound by Tarana Burke

12. Jesmyn Ward

Gathering of Voices book club on LiteratiAcclaimed two-time National Book Award winner and bestselling author of Where the Line BleedsSalvage the Bones, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward, shares thoughtful prose on important subjects.

She focuses on stories that are visceral, powerful, and will transport you to a different place and time. Many of her picks are literary and/or historical fiction with a focus on family and Southern goth.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Jesmyn Ward's Gathering of Voices book club on Literati:

  • Last One Out Shut Off the Lights by Stephanie Soileau
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon
  • The Removed by Brandon Hobson (on my "to be read list" for next month!)

13. Atlas Obscura

Finding Wonder book club on Literati: Explore with the wanderer’s guide and travel publication Atlas Obscura, "the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders."

They share adventurous books that are so rich they feel like fiction. Many of their picks incorporate travel, culture, oddities, and history.

Below is a sampling of previous book club picks in Atlas Obscura's Finding Wonder book club on Literati:

  • Ghostland by Colin Dickey
  • Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui
  • The Sound of the Sea by Cynthia Barnett

Those are 13 unique celebrity book clubs to join with Literati, by which you can actually interact with the famous host and author on the Literati app!

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